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Poster: 74_Fan Date: May 26, 2010 6:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just saying hi / & fave shows

Hi Elbow, thanks for the kind response. I should probably have said I'm not totally into those late '73 shows "yet"--I haven't really defined what it is, because I haven't gotten too deeply into the shows, but the '73s I've been checking out don't seem to gel the way the 74 shows do (to my ears at this point, anyway)--Keith seems a little too plinky-plinky-plinky to me (if you follow my brilliant musical analysis) and, though the energy is really HIGH and the musicianship amazing, I just don't get that cosmic flowing OOMPH like I feel when I hear those 74 shows. My tastes have grown and changed a lot since I started listening closely, so I guess I'm just not there yet and at some point will have to change my moniker to "Fall 73 Fan" LOL.

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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: May 28, 2010 9:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just saying hi / & fave shows

A good place to start exploring 1973 might be the 11/11/73 show, particular the dark star. It's quite spectacular. You might also check out the Watkins Glen soundcheck (7/27) and the many incredible June/July performances (6/9, 6/10, 6/22, 6/30, 7/1).

Also, Noah Weiner has a very good blog documenting his personal favorites, and 1973 is very well represented: www.deadlistening.com

This post was modified by midnightcarousel on 2010-05-28 16:47:55

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Poster: 74_Fan Date: May 26, 2010 8:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just saying hi / & fave shows

Thanks, midnight, I'll definitely check those out...believe it or not, before your response came in I was just beginning to listen to 11/11/73...I'll report back! Best wishes.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: May 27, 2010 9:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just saying hi / & fave shows

Some of my favorites from 73...

2/9/73, 3/24/73, 3/26/73, 5/26/73, 8/1/73, 11/11/73, 11/17/73, 11/21/73, 12/6/73, 12/18/73

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Poster: billydlions Date: May 26, 2010 7:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just saying hi / & fave shows

Welcome aboard 74 Fan. I am in agreement with you on this. 1974 is my favorite year of the Keith era, and I rank it up there with my other favorite years (1980, 1981, 1977). For some reason 1973 has never really clicked (there are exceptions of course). Some of the jams are just too spacey and many songs seemed better by 1974. I like Garcia's sound better in 1974 (perhaps someone can shed some light on this...did he switch to Wolf in '74?) The wall of sound had great separation of the instruments, although the vocals were not as good. Most of all those jams are unbeatable- 6/28, 6/23, 10/19 (caution), etc etc.

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Poster: 74_Fan Date: May 26, 2010 8:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just saying hi / & fave shows

Thanks, billy--I also love that 80-81 period. Don't know what it was but I agree about Jerry's sound seeming different/better in '74. And I just love those fall Euro shows, like Allie Pallie (sp?) London--DP7--that for some reason gets kinda slagged on Amazon. I think it's just stellar, right from the crazy hot Scarlet that opens the show (Phil!). And 9/18/74 is another of my drugs, just knocks me out. Thanks for your thoughts!

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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: May 27, 2010 11:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just saying hi / & fave shows

The 9/11/74 Eyes of the World is one of my favorites! It's got a beautiful, unique introduction segment and is extremely colorful, even in the midst of the rest of 1974.